Work Group Leaders:
Assoc Prof Yizhao Yang, School of Planning, University of Oregon | firstname.lastname@example.org
Anne Taufen, University of Washington, Tacoma | email@example.com
Sara Padgett Kjaersgaard, Faculty of Built Environment, University of New South Wales, Sydney | firstname.lastname@example.org
Urban-Rural linkages are defined by the United Nations as “nonlinear, diverse urban-rural interactions and linkages across space within an urban-rural continuum, including flows of people, goods, capital and information but also between sectors and activities such as agriculture, services and manufacturing.” This workgroup sets its scope of work to include several important research areas identified by the UN-Habitat’s potential entry points for strengthening urban-rural linkages (UN-Habitat 2019). These areas include:
- Regional and territorial planning for an integrated urban and rural development, with a particular focus on spatial planning that uses an ecological and landscape approach to shape urban-rural continuum while reducing the environmental impact on rural-urban convergences.
- Enhancing legislation, governance and capacity via partnerships between urban and rural Areas, including government collaboration and public-private partnership in regional planning to support flows of people, goods, and resources among big central cities, towns, and rural settlements for rural-urban co-benefits.
- Inclusive investment and finance in both urban and rural Areas, especially equity-driven policies and investment strategies in areas such as housing and infrastructure aimed at reducing urban-rural disparities and supporting urban-rural co-development in economic, social, and cultural spheres.
This working group aligns with several of the SDG’s including 2 (Zero Hunger), 3 (Good Health and Wellbeing), 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities), 13 (Climate Action) and 15 (Life on Land). Equally, the United Nations 2017 report “Implementing the New Urban Agenda by Strengthening Urban-Rural Linkages – Leave No One And No Space Behind” identifies urban-rural linkages as a key component of the New Urban Agenda (2016). It is from this position that the research group situates itself in working towards a better urban future.
Goal 2. End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
Goal 3. Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages Goal
Goal 11. Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
Goal 13. Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
Goal 15. Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss
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